Biplab Kr Dey
TURA, March 31 – The United National Liberation Army (UALA) today directly turned down a proposal for the unification of all insurgent groups within the Garo Hills region, an idea floated recently by the Garo National Liberation Army (GNLA). The GNLA had on Saturday come out with the idea of all the insurgent groups coming together under the banner of a Garo United Liberation Front (GULF) to ensure the movement gained a proper direction.
UALA chairman Chiindik Marak said in a press statement that “We will never welcome the proposal of the GNLA, unless and until they initiate a discussion on the issue of a separate State. We are dedicated, humble and responsible soldiers fighting for Garo people’s rights. We will support the peace process, if government makes their intentions clear on the issue of separate State”.
The GNLA had proposed the unification of all Garo hills based outfits under the banner of GULF. GNLA C-in-C, Sohan D Shira, saying, “The centre and State Government have opened the door for peace talks. We should unite to fight for our common goal. I urge all outfits to stop hatred against each other and come on to the same platform”.
Recently, four outfits namely ASAK, UALA, ANCA and the ANLCA had given a deadline of three days for the release of a surrendered cadre of ANLCA to the Government, threatening a 12 hours strike. It was, however, withdrawn after the cadre was released. They had then vowed to work together against the GNLA stating that the outfit did not have an ideology after the outfit had begun fratricidal killings.
Sohan believes that if all outfits work together, people will have faith on their movement. GNLA is one of the most active outfits in Garo hills as of now.